"Special Delivery" is a large scale mural exhibition featuring 40 gifted artists. Pictures and interview with Ras Terms and Ernest Doty.
by Ras Terms
Interview by our official photographer Art without Audience for the FatCap Team
Over 40 artists from Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area painted an entire 36,000 square foot, three story warehouse that has been vacant for over a decade and has a long history of presence in the local graffiti art scene.
All of the participating artists have spent a significant amount of time creating works of public art in the Bay Area. Some have been featured in museums and documentaries and others are home town heroes in the underground art scene.
Location: The Carbon Wharehouse 1350 4th Street, Berkeley, California.
Gallery hours: Sunday Sept 23rd and Sunday Sept 30th - 12 Noon to 6pm - Donations Appreciated at Endlesscanvas
By Ernest Doty
Interview with Ras Terms and Ernest Doty featured at Special Delivery.
FC: What was your first experience with graffiti/street art like?
Ras Terms: I wouldn't say first encounter with it. I kind of grew up alongside of it as it grew from the title given strictly graffiti into slash street art. I can honestly say it is a freedom and a true form of revolutionary expression that contains an infinite spectrum of ideas and cultures pertaining to the experiences of each artist lifestyle.
Ernest Doty: My first experience with painting graffiti was total freedom, excitement, chaos, and an instant want to do more and to do more with what I could do.
By N.O Bonzo
FC: Has being an artist always been central to your life?
Ras Terms: It is the key and sole function of my existence.
Ernest Doty: It is expression in it's most true form. Being an artist has all I have ever wanted to be and is all that I can be- without art I would be lost.
FC: Do you believe that public art can be used as a tool for social change?
Ras Terms: Images create our reality and are embedded into our subconsciousness. It is a complete social change, it speaks out loud, out of a systematic social and psychological bondage. It is its reaction to it!!
Ernest Doty: I believe with all my heart that graffiti can be and should be used as a tool to bring about social change. There is nothing more powerful than art/ graffiti and as a street artist I think it is not only important but our duty to try and use what we do as that tool to try and bring about change and to inspire others to do the same.
By Canon Dill
FC: What was your creative process for Endless Canvas piece?
Ras Terms: My piece was done with an old school friend of mine, we both share the spirit of diving into ancient African traditional ways of life and incorporating it into our images. A communication with our ancestors by bringing it into the the present time turning the wall into a complete transport of past present and future.
Ernest Doty: I chose Van Gogh because I wanted to bring a new light to to an old artist who was and still is an inspiration to me. I thought he would be a good gateway to allow others to see graffiti in a way we can all connect. He was amazing but in his time was not given the credit he should have gotten and I feel graffiti artists are the same.
FC: What image do you think your work conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your art?
Ras Terms: It conveys the VISUAL CODEX. The image chooses us to express itself and be manifested today to speak to and about a yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Art is truly a manifestation of the universes magic through us. Once people start seeing that street art has powers it will unlock and liberate us into realms outside of our conditioned mind and spirit !!! We are redefining through art!!!!!
Ernest Doty: I choose the images I do to inspire and heal just as I was inspired and able to heal through art. I think that every piece I do is different because it is always changing and evolving into something new.
By Jules Muck
By Chris Granillo
FC: If the Bay Area were to allow graffiti and street artists to create in public spaces how would that impact the local scene?
Ras Terms: I don’t know about the word local scene, but I do know it would give birth to more creative folks tapping into their natural gifts and talents whatever it be and the Bay Area could join in a global grid of bringing in the new day with art like the universes expression.
Ernest Doty: I think it would allow it to reach and inspire even more people from all walks of life. There are plenty of beautiful people in the bay doing amazing things. What they do is important, it would be uplifting to see it expand into even more public spaces.
By Feral CHild